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This diary is a continuation of the discussion of Puerto Rico issues started by Armando here and continued by me here.  

As background, I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in Borinquen, and I have worked extensively on Puerto Rico issues since I was a teenager, including advising Democratic leaders and presidential candidates on the Puerto Rico status issue.  

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This post is a response to Armando's earlier post about Puerto Rico.  I have worked on Puerto Rico's status issue since my teens, with my most well known work coming from serving as a National Adviser on Hispanic and Latino Issues for General Wesley Clark. During Clark's 2004 presidential campaign, I wrote his then groundbreaking Puerto Rico policy that was adopted by the Democrats on their party platform that year.  

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An article published this week by Jose Delgado in El Nuevo Dia, the top newspaper in Puerto Rico, revealed that that the islands are the top lobbyist among state governments in Washington, DC.  While at first this seems surprising, it is not.  Puerto Rico remains lodged in a 100+ year debate over the resolution of its current territorial status.  Whether it is statehooders or commonwealthers who are in power, both need to spend exorbitant amounts of money either to lobby for a change in status or to preserve the status quo, respectively.

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 01:32 PM PDT

McCain's Push Poll to Me

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Details of a push poll I received presumably by the McCain campaign against Obama.

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Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 10:01 PM PDT

Will Newspapers Kill the Blogs?

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An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 referred to a two-day Executive Leadership Forum that brought together more than 250 college and university presidents and other top administrators in Washington, D.C.  At the gathering, Bill Keller -- the executive editor of The New York Times -- argued that newspapers are likely to remain strong despite blogs and other forms of media that are vying for their currently dominant position.

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Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 11:33 PM PDT

Women's Rights as the End to Poverty?

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Ashley Judd says that Women's Rights is the key to ending poverty.  What do you all think?

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Sat May 31, 2008 at 03:14 PM PDT

Puerto Rico District Breakdown

by ycompanys

I include some pictures of the island of Puerto Rico broken down by municipalities and districts, so you get a sense of what it looks like.

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Fri May 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM PDT

Puerto Rico Update

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I just got off the phone with a pro-Obama PDP leader in Puerto Rico.   He told me that they expect turnout to be low, as low as 200,000.  He also confirmed what others had told me that lower turnout can only help Obama due to the strength of the pro-commonwealth PDP machine under the leadership of Gov. Acevedo-Vila.  Publicly, pro-Obama PDP leaders have been predicting turnout at around 400,000.

Afterwards, I called a pro-Clinton NPP leader.  He told me that he believes turnout to be 750,000 (34% of registered voters), assuming prior primary data (e.g., the Kennedy-Carter primary turned out 800,000).  But he says that he has been telling the press 500,000 to err on the conservative side.    He agreed that the higher the turnout, the more likely it will be that Hillary will win.  

Both agree that Hillary is likely to win, but the pro-Obama leader told me that depending on turnout, it could be a squeaker.

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Yesterday, I referred the readers of DailyKos to a Washington Post article of how the co-director of Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Puerto Rico is a Washington-based federal lobbyist for the government of Puerto Rico.  I have dug up more information that shows the web of lobbyist ties in which Obama has either purposefully or inadvertently been tangled up in.  Obama's lobbyist problems are much deeper than I ever thought.

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It's nice to see that the media has discovered the hidden world of lobbying for the Puerto Rico status issue that has gone on in DC probably since 1898.  But how about taking action on Puerto Rico's status?  Maybe then, we wouldn't need to waste so much money lobbying Washington on this issue.

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Tue May 27, 2008 at 08:53 PM PDT

Was West Virginia all about race?

by ycompanys

Jon Stewart talks about the reasons why voters may have chosen Hillary over Obama in West Virginia:

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Sun May 25, 2008 at 11:06 PM PDT

Obama Dances in Puerto Rico

by ycompanys

Obama dances in Puerto Rico and tries to put more substance on his vague Puerto Rico plan.  Hillary suffers from media bias, as there has been more visual coverage on Obama than on her.  Hillary challenges Obama to a Puerto Rican debate.  Both promise to give Puerto Ricans the presidential vote, as with DC.

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